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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #805132 (stock #18-46)
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Salvaged from a Japanese ryokan (inn), this late Meiji blue and white ceramic benki moves easily to a second life as a handsome plant holder or fountain. Western expatriates in the Far East, particularly in Japan, have a long history of adapting utilitarian items with appealing Asian design to inventive new uses, and this is one of the most unusual items to be adapted. This benki, with its cobalt blue patterns, is recognizable as Japanese at first glance but its original use as a urinal is not a...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Stoneware : Pre 1837 VR item #784126 (stock #33-54)
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An 18th century Chinese oil pitcher has a thick glaze decorated with blue calligraphy done in the loose, free "wet brush" manner. Collected for its spontaneity of design, Swatow ware with this type of calligraphy was made in South China and exported from the port of Swatow to countries throughout Southeast Asia. The cursive characters were applied with a very wet brush, depositing heavier, darker color at the ends of the strokes. Though similar in design and color to the Swatow plates known as "...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1837 VR item #765057 (stock #38-58)
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This Chinese pottery vase has a tri-color glaze of green, brown and blue/grey streaming randomly down over the surface, stopping just short of covering the buff base. Two animal masks and rings molded along the side, together with its shape and sancai glaze, give this mid-Qing piece the look of a much earlier Han urn. Chinese potters, in veneration of the skills of their ancestors, often created work that mirrored earlier styles, unwittingly adding confusion for latter day collectors attempting ...
All Items : Gifts & Home Decor : Decorative Accessories : Vases : Contemporary item #755287 (stock #40-26)
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Celadon ceramics, usually thought of as green, are produced in Thailand in this gorgeous shade of blue as well as in many shades of green. The term "celadon" refers to the fine crackles on the surface of ceramics rather than color, and for this vase Thai potters combined cobalt with traditional celadon firing techniques for a stunning result. A lotus leaf pattern encircles the shoulder, and a broad band of loosely sketched flowers decorates the mid-section. The base is signed by the potter. This...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1920 item #688172 (stock #60-39)
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Glazed a soft grey/green, this rustic pottery Chinese oil lamp has charm and appeal that outlive its humble origin. It provided a simple light source. We have not seen one of these in use and originally thought the oil and wick were put into the shallow bowl on top. A visitor to this web site tells us that was not the case. The oil and wick, he said, were put into a small saucer that was set on top of the shallow bowl. This piece makes no pretense beyond its original utilitarian intent--the po...
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Asian : Indian Subcontinent : Himalayas : Pre 1980 item #678833 (stock #08-31)
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Made of handbeaten copper, lidded urns in this design continue to be used for household water storage in Kathmandu, Nepal, where many homes do not have running water. Daily trips to community wells are made, usually by women, who carry water home in narrow necked vessels, then pour it into containers like this. Copper vessels of all sorts still are made in Patan, the artisan section of the city, where small back streets echo with the sounds of copper and other metals being beaten into bowls, po...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #668805 (stock #60-31)
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A rustic jar with stylized designs on a rich blue/green glaze, this 19th century Chinese utility ware evokes a time when even the most humble items were hand made with artistry. Three freely brushed sketches of flowers and calligraphy decorate the sides of the vessel; the top has three abstract foliage designs. Uneven coverage of the turquoise glaze adds to the jar's earthy appeal. Brown glaze covering the interior indicates it was intended for use as a storage urn. Made of coarse, heavy clay, i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1900 item #515566 (stock #60-36)
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A lovely speckled glaze of blue, violet and rich brown covers this 19th century utility jar from China's Jiangsu Province. Unlike much of the utility pottery from that time which was glazed in hurried, casual fashion allowing the glaze to run down in uneven drops toward the foot of the vessel, this piece was attended more carefully by the potter who ended the glaze in a precise line a few inches short of the foot. Glazed on the inside in a dull brown, the jar most likely was used for storing som...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #260971 (stock #35-97)
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Bold stylized characters wishing double happiness take on an abstract look on this tall mid 19th century Qing Dynasty vase. Two sets of vivid characters on the neck of the vase and four sets around the body are surrounded by a dense network of lighter blue tendrils and patterns of lines, circles and triangles. Modelled Pekinese dogs are paired to form the handles. The vase is in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 17" (43 cm), diameter 7 1/2" (19 cm).
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #260501 (stock #09-19)
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The spirit of old Japan lives on in its wonderful antique utilitarian items such as this ceramic sake keg. From the late Meiji Period, it has an underglaze of vivid cobalt blue. The strong, stylized characters on the front give the trade name of the sake. This jug is identical to one pictured in "Japanese Antiques" by Patricia Salmon, Art International Publishers, Tokyo, page 51. As shown in that photograph, it originally had a wrapped bamboo handle that looped through the two lugs on the top. T...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Earthenware : Pre 1900 item #139278 (stock #58-33)
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From the latter half of Japan's Edo Period (1614-1868), this jug has the imperfect, humble, elusive Japanese beauty called wabi-sabi. The bottle invites touch with its natural variations in texture and color. Its glaze is marked with the flaws caused by ashes from the burned wood of the kiln, and no attempt was made to smooth the ridges and dents that occurred as the clay was shaped. It is a fine example of the pottery once produced in the kilns of Tamba, a mountainous area in central Japan tha...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Pottery : Pre 1700 item #138626 (stock #38-53)
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This green-glazed ceramic guard once held a sword in his clenched right hand and was part of a pottery regiment standing watch over the tomb of a Chinese nobleman. Ceramic figures and animals were buried with the nobility to announce their high status to the spirits, and to provide them with the attendants, services and provisions they would require in the afterlife. This 16th century guard has a strong, alert face with staring eyes under heavy brows, a flowing mustache, pursed mouth and promine...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #136361 (stock #35-59)
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This 18th century ceramic figure of the Chinese Buddhist bodhisattva of mercy is unusual in several respects. The form is uncharacteristically simple for the popular Chinese goddess who typically was shown with elaborate flowing robes. The pert face is particularly different with its full lips, upturned nose and wide eyes. Only one hand is visible and it rests on her right knee. The high beaded headpiece and heavy necklace identify the figure as Guanyin. The weighty ceramic figure is heavily gla...